On this half-day Kyoto Tour, you will visit the picture-perfect city of Kyoto, home to thousands of temples and shrines. Upon arrival in Kyoto’s bustling city center, you will join a guided tour
On this half-day Kyoto Tour, you will visit the picture-perfect city of Kyoto, home to thousands of temples and shrines. Upon arrival in Kyoto’s bustling city center, you will join a guided tour for four hours. This tour will visit two of the most significant landmarks in Kyoto. The ancient city of Kyoto became the capital city of Japan during the 8th Century and kept its title for 1200 years. As a result of this, Kyoto is full of temples, shrines, and artifacts that date back to this regal era. The first stop on the itinerary will be Nijo Castle which was once the residence of the shoguns during the Tokugawa era from 1603 until 1867. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is comprised of two fortified walls, the Ninomaru Palace, and ruins of the Honmaru Palace. There are also a number of beautiful gardens which are particularly striking in spring and autumn. The second landmark that we will visit is the Golden Pavilion, also known as Kinkaku-ji Temple. This beautiful pagoda is decorated in gold leaf and set amongst a lush landscape of trees and Japanese gardens. It was the retirement villa for the shogun Ashikaga Yoshimitsu and it became a Zen temple after his death in 1408. Though the original structure has suffered severe fire damage and many reconstructions, today the present structure reflects a combination of notable Japanese periods from when it was used. It is one of the most beautiful pagodas in Japan and people travel across the globe to visit it.
Our half-day Kyoto Tour leaves daily and includes an English-speaking guide and entrance fees to Nijyo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple. Explore the city’s most notable sites together with us.
Half-Day Kyoto Tour Highlights
Pick-up from your hotel in Kyoto by your tour guide.
Visit Nijo Castle with its two UNESCO World Heritage Sites Ninomaru Palace Honmaru Palace
Explore the gardens of the Golden Pavilion.
Essential information for our half-day Kyoto Tour
This tour includes an English speaking guide and entrance to Nijo Castle and Kinkakuji Temple (Golden Pavilion).
Excludes transportation from meeting point to locations.
The tour guide can collect you from your hotel in Kyoto. Please select the hotel at the time of booking.